Behind the battlelines: Dallara versus IndyCar's teams

Behind the battlelines: Dallara versus IndyCar's teams

The row over cost-containment in IndyCar has transformed the paddock into a battlefield, with teams on one side and the suppliers, led by Dallara, on the other. While the teams have been vocal, Dallara has stayed quiet – until now.

The interior of the Dallara truck in the IndyCar paddock doesn't look much like the headquarters of a powerful villain – it's light, orderly and welcoming, with a small but potent espresso machine taking pride of place in the back office. Darth Vader never had an espresso machine.

But based on comments from some of the team owners in recent weeks, this white trailer is the Death Star, and its planet-obliterating laser is targeted directly at them. Or, more precisely, their budgets. The Italian constructor has been hailed for hitting all its targets with the DW12 chassis in delivering a car that is both better and cheaper than its predecessor, but those initial savings came with a caveat…

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